eSOANEM wrote:Ah, I missed that clarification. I went with room in home shared with strangers.
It's not an apartment (it is literally just one room and has shared bathrooms). Home seems like an odd description because 45 people seems too many for a home.
Ok yeah, that sounds like the right selection. I suppose "building" might have been a better choice of wording. The idea was a scale of how much spatial privacy you have:
- None, other people are in your every space. (Shared room).
- You have some space to yourself but have to share other spaces with others. (Room in shared home).
- You have a whole functional space to yourself, but in the same building as others. (Apartment).
- You have a whole functional space to yourself completely separate from any others. (House).
In retrospect it might have been nicer, if it were possible, to have a scale of options like that, but split the last into two:
- You have a whole functional space to yourself completely separate from any others, but on shared land. (Mobile home [etc?]).
- You have a whole functional space to yourself completely separate from any others, on its own land. (Real house).
And then crossed that with another scale, asking how much financial control you have of that space:
- You live in it at the whim of a beneficiary. (Live for free).
- You pay for the temporary right to live there. (Rent).
- You own it, but it's leveraged against a debt. (Mortgage).
- You own and owe nothing but property taxes. (Free and clear).
- You own it and don't even owe property taxes. (Allodial title).
But I don't think phpbb supports "pick one from each list" type of polls.
UniqueScreenname wrote:This is essentially what I think I want in a few years. A few questions: do you anticipate moving lots?
Only if I can find an empty lot that I can afford to buy. Preferably one big enough to fit at least two of my mobile home on, so I can park it on half of it, build a tiny stub of a house (the size of the MH) on the other half, then sell the MH and expand the real house to the rest of the lot.
In theory I might also move lots if I found a lot that had much cheaper rent, or gave me much more for my rent (like a yard, or a pool maybe), but those are both unlikely, and even if I found them, there's cost and risk involved in moving that I'd have to weigh against how much longer I'd plan to stay there, seeing as how I'm looking to get out of here as soon as possible (but that might be anywhere from "next year" to "next decade" so who knows).
Do you know what that will involve?
From what I understand, you pay a professional crew a few thousand dollars, and hope they don't break your house in the process. You probably also want to box up everything that's not tied down like you were moving it out, and then unpack at the new destination.
What sort of daily needs does a mobile home involve that a normal house does not?
Nothing daily that's I've yet experienced or been told. I'm told that keeping the exterior paint up can be really important depending on what kind of siding you have, because many mobile homes have a faux-wood particleboard siding which pretty much melts if it gets wet, so you have to make sure the paint job is watertight. You could of course replace it with better siding to avoid that problem. Floors can also be made of the same cheap stuff sometimes and so begin to sag if you frequently have water on the inside. Mine have apparently been replaced with more solid plywood flooring before I bought it. Other than that, and being really small, it seems just like an ordinary house.
JBJ wrote:[I checked own, free and clear. [...]
This is the kind of success story I wish that I could tell, and that I think everyone deserves to tell. Get into a nice real house on its own land around 30, be paid off by around 40, have a safe and secure and settled space for your family. (That "settled" feeling is the thing that I want the most. I feel like so long as I'm having to pay to stay in someone else's space, I'm not "settled", I have to keep working and fighting to secure my own space and can't just relax and enjoy life). I would love to buy a cheap empty lot in the woods on the outskirts of a built-up area -- that kind of location describes my hometown pretty well, actually -- and build my own new home there. Unfortunately around here I've seen empty lots like that selling for more than your whole finished house is worth, which would take me 15 years of mortgaged-to-the-hilt to pay off before I could even start building; that is, if anyone gave mortgages on empty lots which apparently they don't.
@Enuja: I support the choice to live the way that you want to, and if the people you live with are close enough to you that you'd truly consider them "family", even if they're not the traditional reproductively-defined nuclear family, then I'd say go ahead and check the option that best describes your family's living situation. You guys have a house all to yourselves? Check the "house" option (rent, or own, or whatever applies to you). I just mean to distinguish against situations like I've lived in, where I needed someone else to fill an empty room in a house I lived in just to afford the rent, not because I wanted the company, and so I invited a friend I knew, but it's not like we were life partners, and he could (and did) move away and somebody I've never met could (and did) take over his spot on the lease and it wouldn't be (wasn't) like a heavy divorce or something.
I also don't think that society should be structured in a way that forces
people into small isolated units against their will. I just think that should be an option for anyone who wants it. Some people like privacy and isolation, others like being in the middle of a bunch of people all the time. I hated being stuck in the middle of a bunch of other people's business (especially since they weren't people I got to carefully choose; I just had to find someone, anyone, with a few weeks' notice, or else pay double the rent or get kicked out of my home, over and over and over again for years) as much as it sounds like you would hate being in a big house all by yourself. I think everybody should have the choice of whichever suits them, and I'm frustrated at the difficulty in realizing my choice.